G-cloud submission deadline nears

News Jane McCallion Feb 22, 2013
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Vendors wishing to submit a tender application have six days to file their documentation

The Cabinet Office has reminded cloud vendors they have until 3.00pm on 28 February to submit their tender documents for G-Cloud iii.

“We are anticipating a large number of responses for G-Cloud iii, so we would like to remind you not to leave your submissions to the last day,” Cabinet Office spokeswoman, Nicola Westmore, said in a blog post.

The department has also reminded would-be providers that the deadline for clarification questions has now passed and any further queries will not be answered.

Westmore also set out several guidance notes for those intending to submit who have not yet, including ensuring the file names in the online invitation to tender (ITT) tool are identical to the names of the files attached to tender submissions in the government procurement service (GPS) portal.

Submission documents should also all be zipped into one file in order to keep the file size to a minimum.

Additionally, Westmore reminded applicants their offerings “are fixed at the point of tender, so make sure you have described your service functionality clearly and comprehensively, and that your pricing models are appropriate for all types of your likely buyers rather than one size fits all.

“Be clear, competitive and transparent to make it as easy as possible for buyers to understand,” she said.

The Cabinet Office originally set a tender deadline of 3.00pm on 21 February, which was then put back to 25 February. On 11 February it was adjusted again to 28 February.

Following next week’s tender submission deadline, it will take a little over a month to issue intention to award notifications, with the expected commencement date for framework agreements being in early April.

G-cloud iii is the third iteration of the Government cloud procurement network since its launch in February 2012.